WOW!!! Airport rocks

Guess what!  I’m in the Munich airport waiting for my connecting flight to Valencia.  I opened up my iBook just for kicks, found an Airport network, and got online!!!  I’m very very impressed.  Really glad I got that Airport card now.

The flight over here went fine.  They didn’t give me any trouble about my guitar case; I was a little worried about that.  I sat next to a guy from Munich named Stephane; we spent the whole flight making fun of all the other passengers.  Good times.  Now I have three hours to kill… uggghh.  I’m so tired.  It’s 2:14 in the morning for me but 8:30am or something here.  Really glad the first show isn’t until tomorrow.

I kinda doubt I’ll be able to get online this easily over the next few weeks, so if you don’t hear from me, you’ll know why!

I finally gave up

For your information, I just cut my bangs back to the way they used to be.  Don’t ask me why… I just didn’t want to go on tour with my forehead showing.

Well it’s about freakin’ time…

Spammer must pay $98,000

A prolific e-mailer was ordered yesterday to pay more than $98,000 for flooding Washington computers several years ago with dubious offers to make money through the Internet. (…)

This won’t discourage the spammers in Korea, China, Russia, etc. But it’s a start. Definitely better than nothing!

It’s all good

So, the tour dates are finally whipping themselves into shape, more or less… there will be a lot more tweaks, probably up until the very last show, but at least it appears to be an actual tour now.  Heheh.  What a relief!  I’m not too stressed anymore.  It’s always the planning and the waiting and wondering that really gets to me, not the actual DOING of things.

Went and picked up my tickets at Drag City today.  It’s always fun to go over there.  Makes me feel cool to be a part of all that — I really need to write more songs for those folks.  :-) I have some more tickets to pick up tomorrow as well, to give to Ryan Hembrey when I meet him in Valencia.

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Squeaky wheel

Chronos just sent me a copy of StickyBrain that includes the fix for the bug I mentioned before.  Works great.  It’s version 2.0.2 in case you’re in the same boat I was in.  Ask for it by name.

Bugs and more bugs

They’ve just released a new version of Mozilla, 1.2b.  But they still haven’t fixed the bookmarks bug that’s keeping me from using it, #51683.  It’s been listed as a "Major" bug since September of 2000, fer cryin’ out loud.

Speaking of buggy software, I wrote a heartfelt note the other day to support at Chronos, asking them if they EVER plan on fixing the bug in StickyBrain that’s been annoying me… the fact that supposedly password-protected notes are actually viewable by anybody.  They haven’t written me back yet.  But they’re still advertising the phantom feature on their website… "Protect confidential data via a global password for private stickies." It was one of the major reasons why I bought the software and it pisses me off that they’ve been telling people it can do something it really can’t.

My brain hurts

What a day.  Nonstop thinking, doing, writing, talking, and running around.  I did get that haircut!  That was the one solitary hour of pleasantness that I had today.  Other than that, fuhgeddaboutit.  (Of course when I say today, I mean yesterday, you know I stay up late.)

Thanks to Rian I do finally have my itinerary as far as all the flying goes.  That’s a relief.  Don’t have the tickets in my hand, but they’re coming.  I’m leaving on Monday and returning to Chicago on John’s birthday, Nov. 17th.  I do not, however, know exactly where the fuck I’m going for about 85% of the tour.  It’s because everyone else is doing their job right now, whereas my job doesn’t really begin until I get on that stage. So of course I’m going to be the last one in the chain to find out the details, since my job happens last.  I shouldn’t worry about it though, and I won’t.  It would sure be nice to have a complete list of tour dates on my website though.  (I have such a one-track mind!) But I’ll get more before the week’s through, and maybe I’ll have to add more later but whatever, no big deal.  I can be as much of an archivist as I want AFTER the tour’s over, heheh.

Mystery Song 011

… has just been posted.  It’s a very small file, but very smelly.  Last week’s mystery song was "Stoned Again" by the lovely miss Norma Jean, a singing starlet of the classic country persuasion.  I hope you enjoyed it, as I hope you enjoy the current one.

This particular Mystery Song will probably be staying there until I get back from Europe in the middle of November.  That is, unless I can find both the time and the energy and the material to change it whilst traveling, which isn’t entirely likely, but is still within the realm of possibility.  So you should probably just grab it now, lest you be surprised by an early switcheroo.

Case of the Mondays

John and I are blogging at the same time again.  I just told him to tell everybody hi, I wonder if he’ll do it?

I’m pretty much on pins and needles waiting to hear word on the tour.  I’m supposed to leave next week but I don’t even have the tickets yet!  It’s because we don’t know where the last show’s going to be, so we don’t know which airport I need to fly out of.  Of course that makes me crazy ‘cuz I know the longer we wait, the more money it’ll cost.  I’m very worried about losing my shirt on this tour; Rian says I shouldn’t worry about that yet.

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My personal brush with greatness

Holy crap, Fred Armisen is a featured player on Satirdy Fuckin’ Live now!!!!  Wasn’t it just a week or two ago that I totally out-funnied that guy on Dusted?  Damn.

I never figured I’d ever meet anybody who was (or would be) on Saturday Night Live, that’s pretty sweet.  It means that someone I personally have met… has now met Jimmy Fallon.


More for the archives

I finally finished folding all the interviews from the old press section into Movable Type.  Lotta cutting and pasting!  I had to fudge on a lot of the exact dates, but oh well… it’s mostly correct and the questionable parts are marked as such.

Forty-eight goddamn interviews, for only three albums!?!?!  Undeniable proof that I’m both the biggest packrat, and the biggest motormouth ever.

A year and a month

I’ve been adding some old journal entries to my blog.  Stuff that I wrote down in my PalmPilot, at some point after the time I took down my first weblog and before the Blogger one started.  (When I don’t know the exact time, I put it in as 9am, just so’s you know!) On this day last year I was, guess what?  Moping about the WTC attacks on top of having the usual post-tour depression and general craziness.

Gross, I’m getting so old… I got invited to my 20-year high school class reunion that’s happening next week in San Antonio.  I had to speak to the lady today (=yesterday) to tell her I wasn’t going.  I only went to AHHS for my senior year, and I kinda doubt anybody I actually liked back then will be attending!  Besides, it’s too close to the Europe tour, there’s just no way I can swing the trip down there right now.

Still tweaking

I’ve done so much futzing I’m ’bout to lose my mind!  At the moment I’m working on yearly archives, with 12 months of mini-calendars like the one that appears on my front page.  But I’m not done filling in all the years.

Still can’t figure out why my comments aren’t being mailed to me anymore.  Somebody else is having the same problem and posted a complaint to the Movable Type support forum.  I’ll wait to see if that gets any answers before I start tearin’ my hair out over it.

Now is the time to let me know if you spot any garish errors, links that don’t work, etc. etc.

Is there a God?

William Shatner: There is, but we don’t know where. Or who. And, indeed, why.

Mystery Song 010

…is now posted in the Mystery Songs area.  Last week’s desecration delicacy was "Lonely Too Long" by Susan Lea.  Ripped it off an ol’ 45.

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